CNBC's "secret" meeting

Discussion in 'Politics' started by sammybea, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. CNBS is supposedly a news organization.. they should follow the philosophy of "we report, you decide"...

    But of course we all know CNBS and others are really the "media and marketing arm" of the Powers. :mad:
  2. Unfortunately, it's more like... "We report what the Gummint WANTS you to decide".. :mad:
  3. you mean like that unbiased network fox news?
  4. I don't watch Fox.. My bias is to lump them all together as virtually the same.. Those of us who pay attention already know about media bias... but as we are in the tiny minority, it doesn't really matter that we recognize it... the hoi polloi generally don't.... and that's what counts.
    Comments: 102Read Comments Leave a Comment April 16, 2009 --

    THE top suits and some of the on-air talent at CNBC were recently ordered to a top-secret meeting with General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker to discuss whether they've turned into the President Obama-bashing network, Page Six has learned.

    "It was an intensive, three-hour dinner at 30 Rock which Zucker himself was behind," a source familiar with the powwow told us. "There was a long discussion about whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much. There's great concern that CNBC is now the anti-Obama network. The whole meeting was really kind of creepy."

    One topic under the microscope, our insider said, was on-air CNBC editor Rick Santelli's rant two months ago about staging a "Chicago Tea Party" to protest the president's bailout programs -- an idea that spawned tax protest tea parties in other big cities, infuriating the White House. Oddly, Santelli was not at the meeting, while Jim Cramer was, noted our source, who added that no edict was ultimately handed down by the network chieftains.

    CNBC flack Brian Steel confirmed the get-together, but insisted: "The dinner was to thank CNBC for a job well done in our in-depth reporting throughout the financial crisis. As far as our coverage is concerned, we are built for balance and we are unabashedly pro-investor."

    Our source retorted: "That is complete bull[bleep] . . . they didn't invite a lot of people to [the meeting]. There were many staffers who were working 24/7 during the crisis who weren't asked to attend, even Santelli, who was a big star for the network during those weeks. Why not?"

    In addition, the insider said: "News of the meeting is starting to leak out and people are contacting a number of the on-air people to ask if they've been muzzled by GE."
  6. Obama is a duly elected president. The taxes and stimulus bills were lawfully passed through duly elected congress. The analogy to boston tea party is grossly inappropriate.
  7. I predicted that Santelli would be in trouble with the network. NBC is the most leftwing of the nets by far. MSNBC is pretty much a parody of serious journalism, with their lead talking head gushing about Obama making his leg tingle and the odious Olberman.

    There has been much liberal handwringing over Murdoch taking over the WSJ and Roger Ailes riding herd on Fox News. After all, we're constantly lectured that journalistic integrity and editorial freedom cannot be compromised by managment. Wonder what their assessment of this will be? I predict the usual.......chirp...chirp...silence.
  8. I mean it had nothing to do with john stewart skewering cramer (it was started because of santelli and his silly rant)?
  9. The stupidest suits on the face of the earth are United States Senators and network executives.

    Such a statement is ABSURD. Fox News has worked as hard to be the anti-Obama network as MSNBC worked at being the pro-Obama and anti-Hillary network in the primary.

    CNBC could only be termed the anti-Obama network in relative comparision to it father network NBC and its gay brother network MSNBC.
    #10     Apr 16, 2009